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Stories from the Sales Frontlines

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    I can see sound tubes, generators, resonators - those are all the real sound.

    Using a prerecorded sound - NO NO....
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,458
    Are you guys still loving the Jeep? How many miles do you have on it?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,458
    I absolutely LOVE living in a ranch style house (1 floor) with 3 young children. My house is a bit cozy for 5 of us at 1430 square feet, but I've got a 1 acre lot that is flat, and a fully finished basement that runs the length of the entire house. The schools are fantastic where we are and I really can't see moving anytime in the future.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Will probably take some convincing, since it will involve getting rid of some of her prized crap stuff hoarded junk possessions.

    The word you're looking for is "treasures". :)

    I will have been in my home for 13 years in May. 1615 sq ft, 5000 sq ft lot. Basic tract home. When we moved in the step kids were 12 and 14. Was a bit tight but it's what the budget allowed for. Like ty, we bought it as a dirt lot and picked everything out ourselves - the number of decorating choices were more limited in 2000 than they are today.

    Now, only one kid is still at home (she'll be 25 this summer). The house feels a bit bigger but the wife and I have talked about something just a bit larger.

    Ranch + 3 bed + 2 bath + den/office + 2 (3?) car garage + basement, around 1900-2200 sq ft would be about right. Oh, and under $250K, please.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    Edmunds compares the Cherokee SRT to the Porcshe Cayenne GT which is over $70K. The Jeep seems to be faster, if that means anything.

    I've heard it compared to the BMW X5.

    It better be fast because it's not designed for off road.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    sandman,

    I enjoy reading about the cars you drive. One question for you, can you explain/elaborate why they do so much moving of cars?

    My experience is that one-way rentals are very few.

    thanks
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,758
    Probably to balance out requirements. If a convention were to come into Orlando, cars get moved there. During the Daytona 500, cars get moved to up there.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    Are you guys still loving the Jeep? How many miles do you have on it?

    Yeah. Heading up skiing this weekend. It's supposed to snow while we're there. I can't wait. I'll be taking the snow tires off after that.

    We're planning our off road camping trips for the summer.
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    It better be fast because it's not designed for off road.

    Ruttledge Wood might disagree with you .. he took a Grand Cherokee SRT8 from Pismo Beach to Mammoth Mountain on a recent episode of Top Gear US.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,276
    the other nice thing about a ranch like that (I grew up in that same basic house) is that it is really easy, if you have a large flat back yard, to expand it out the back. A nice great room and expanded kitchen can do wonders to make the house more livable as the kids grow up. And that is the easiest kind of addition.

    Michael, that sounds about like what I want to move to. And I would have to build it myself. a 1.5 story I would guess you would call it. a nice open main floor with a big country kitchen/great room, with a study at the front and a master bedroom suite on the first floor. And a finished basement with a bar, etc.

    2nd floor will be an open loft area, with 2 bedrooms and a bath for when the kids or guests come to visit.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    Ruttledge Wood might disagree with you .. he took a Grand Cherokee SRT8 from Pismo Beach to Mammoth Mountain on a recent episode of Top Gear US.

    Just because he did it, doesn't mean it was designed for it.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,276
    one of the car magazines (automobile or C&D) recently had a piece on taking a mini cooper convertible on some road to the top of the world (some mountain) and that was a place it certainly was never meant to go.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • gogiboygogiboy Posts: 732
    edited March 2013
    There's something to be said for owning a house that's under 2K sq ft that's all on one level. Ours is just a little under (something like 1995 sq ft), which is plenty to clean and maintain for my wife and I. In retrospect, I'd have looked for a house on a smaller lot, but I do like having some distance between us and our neighbors and I would hate to give up the pond in back. Funny thing is, our previous house was around 1600 sq. ft and it always felt small, but I think that was because it had no master, no 2nd bath, a very tiny kitchen and the detached garage was essentially a brothel for brown recluse spiders and scorpions. That circa 1929 house also lacked the open floor plan favored by many buyers these days, but it did exude charm and featured craftsmanship missing in many newer houses including our current one.

    Best part of a sub 2K house in the midwest is affordability and financial flexibility. Our mortgage is so damn reasonable and will be paid off in 7 years. Maybe by that point I'll have a car sales story to contribute :cry:

    Gogiboy
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    I think you are safe... it's on the new M5, I think...

    I had that Lexus GS350 last year and it sure sounded a bit too "butch" for a 3.5 liter V-6. I knew they had put audio enhancements on that car. My Mercedes sounds super throaty and there are no enhancements on that car.

    I could see them enhancing the engine roar on the F Sport GS350, but to put it on the basic GS350 is a bit too much IMHO. There are many mature drivers down here who have complained about their GS350's being too noisy. There is one parked next to my car and the old geezer complains all the time about his noisy engine. I explained to him that Lexus has an enhancer on the engine to make that throaty sound. He said he tried to get Lexus to take it off, but they refused as it would affect his warranty. That's ridiculous!

    Lexus is trying to change its image to attract a younger buyer as opposed to an upper class older driver which was their market niche for many years. Only the ES350 still appeals to the older driver while the rest of their line is definitely aimed at the 20's - 50's.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,655
    I do like having some distance between us and our neighbors

    We're on 6 acres and our nearest neighbors are on 10 acres. We had a

    tree get hit by lightning closer to their house. A week or so later Fred

    asked about what I wanted to do with the tree wood. I looked puzzled

    and he said "you don't know you had a tree hit do you?" No I didn't. But

    you're welcome to it (they have a wood burning fireplace). Acreage is nice.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,655
    Now that I forgot who was asking about LED lights, I found a show.

    On This New House which airs on DIY network, the guy shows KW

    usage and light output between conventional bulbs and LEDs. Good show.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    Reposted from my Facebook page:

    "Happy birthday to me! No, not that birthday which is in January from a far distant year. It was one year ago today that I received a bone marrow stem cell transplant. I've made a year - I expect to make many more.

    Thanks go to everyone who got me through this. Top guy is the donor who doesn't know me from Adam but now that it's a year I can find out who and where he is and thank him profusely. There are other folks who spent a load of time with me for the four plus months I was in NYC my brothers John, Jim and Jeff, my wife Jennifer, good friens Mary Ledwith and Carol Zsiga and I apologize to a anyone I left out. My brain isn't as young as my blood. Lots of people helped in other ways. Jeff Kase came and spent a weekend as a caregiver despite the fact that until he did that we technically hadn't met. Kevin Keck put in some good time, too.

    My brother Jerry could only make it to do caregiver duty the first weekend the doctors allowed me to visit home but I have proof he registered to do that so we give him credit. He also sent me hours (actually days or weeks) of music some of which can be appreciated by human ears mixed with some that make dogs cringe. Everyone who was part of the Friends of Steve LaSala group especially Jim and Teri, Jeff and Mary and all the others who made it possible. Thanks to Skype I was able to see it all despite the event being in Denville while I was in New York.

    I've left people out. Please forgive. I'm grateful to every one of you. Can't believe how good it feels to be OK again.

    The healing continues - we're not done yet but this is a great day."

    A great day indeed.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    I've left people out. Please forgive. I'm grateful to every one of you. Can't believe how good it feels to be OK again.

    While we're at it, let's all thank THE LORD OUR GOD for giving fezo life for another year!

    We are all so very proud of you fezo, and we are also thankful to THE ALL-MIGHTY for letting us have fezo as a friend.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,276
    congratulations. Does this mean you are done with some of the restrictions (food, going out, etc.?)

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    edited March 2013
    Just got a special email from Mercedes in Sindelfingen, Germany, where the new car is awaiting transport to the exit port for shipment to the United States. Sindelfingen is the city where they produce and assemble the new 2014 E Class Sport and Luxury sedans.

    Since my name and other info is on the order form sent to them, they wanted me to know the status of my new car and to thank me for my order.

    They wanted to make sure I was not taking European Delivery so they could transport the car to the dock.

    Definitely a nice touch!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    "If a convention were to come into Orlando, cars get moved there. During the Daytona 500, cars get moved to up there."

    Wow. They run rentals at the Daytona 500? :P
  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,655
    Happy birthday to me! Fezo, you're one of these guys that

    in the year 2030 somebody will say "where's Fezo" and someone else will say

    "He's out celebrating his 18th Birthday". Congrats on the hardest year.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,328
    stick - the restrictions are still on because they want better t cell and platelet counts. I can live with that. Been a good day. Went out to dinner with my wife, the younger daughters (the older ones couldn't make and felt bad about it) and a good friend who is one of the people I mention who took up a great deal more than her fair share of seeing me through this. Got a few little presents. Nice.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,458
    I'm a little confused about the top options. Maybe you could shed some light for me. Jeep comes with the soft top, standard. The hard top is optional (black or body color). If you get the hard top, does it delete the soft top unless you get the "dual top group?" What's the difference between the standard soft top & the sun rider soft top?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,870
    edited March 2013
    I told you when all this started that you were so tough you would outlast all of us. Wonderful news fezo !! You 'da Man !

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    That makes sense. I wonder how much more expensive it is to ship them 8 at a time (or whatever number) on a car carrier.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    Congrats Fezo. You better stick around for many years to come.
  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,990
    Jeep comes with the soft top, standard. The hard top is optional (black or body color). If you get the hard top, does it delete the soft top unless you get the "dual top group?" What's the difference between the standard soft top & the sun rider soft top?

    You got it correct.

    Standard: Soft top
    Option: Add hard top, delete soft top
    Option: Dual top group: It comes with the hard top, and the soft top is rolled up/folded inside.

    "Sunride from Bestop is a Jeep soft top that allows you to peel the top back and let the sun shine in - perfect for those days of constantly changing weather conditions."

    I guess it's like a cloth sun roof. :P
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,632
    They move the vehicles to where they have reservations. Miami is a large airport and they always need vehicles there. Ditto for Orlando and Tampa and we are cheaper than a car carrier and more efficient. Like yesterday, we did 4 runs from West Palm to Miami...now that's 40 vehicles and we did it in about 10 hours as we can't tell how traffic will be. Much cheaper and more efficient. Today they needed less vehicles so they only had four trips between two groups. I suspect this weekend will be quite busy with folks coming down and going back up so many vehicles will be needed.

    We have a Versa SL with the CVT and it is a very good vehicle. Once the sound of the CVT is understood, it really is no problem. It's just that the noise bothers folks used to a traditional slushbox but really, the CVT is more efficient and has plenty of power for anything it needs to do. I'm so used to it now I never ever notice it. Once I get back into the other vehicles, I miss it actually.

    Our house is 1900 under air and the perfect size especially now that the kids are all gone. Cheap to keep and not to bad to keep clean...we have the service come in every six weeks now instead of every three weeks. Since we paid it off back in '95, life just seems so much better as we don't have to worry every month anymore, so I guess all those years of scrimping and saving and driving older vehicles did pay off. We decided long ago to never have more house than we needed and this size still fits us. The oldest is coming down tomorrow night and sleeping over as she's meeting her friends on Saturday for brunch. It's nice to have the room for her to do this whenever as I miss hanging out with the kids now that they really have flown the coop. But am very glad when they do go home...we have the best of both worlds!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    Have been working now for two months and they've been the best months of my life actually. Hard to believe that just over a year ago I was so depressed about my constant pain and never thought I'd ever work again. But thanks to G-d up above, I learned that I had to incorporate my pain into my life and stop letting it run my life and now when I have a really bad day, like yesterday, I just acknowledge it and move on. It's the mindset that makes all the difference!

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Haven't been posting much lately, it's been a sad week for our family. I didn't say anything but my Stepdad had been in the hospital with unexplained respiratory issues for the last month. Two different hospitals actually. In the end it was determined he had respiratory onset ALS. This is the worst form as all the late stage symptoms attack you first. He had been complaining about breathing / swallowing issues for six- eight months and was to many doctors but all tests came out normal.

    He had many complications in the hospital needing to be put on a ventilator three times and progressed to the point of not even being able to swallow or eat. The only option was a tracheotomy and a feeding tube. He declined this treatment as he would never be able to talk again and would only suffer longer. His message to us was to "get me the $&@? home". On Friday 3/22 we got him home with hospice care and on Sunday morning 3/24 he passed away. He was 65.

    We miss him already and the amount of support from our family and friends was nothing short of astonishing. There was close to 400 people at his viewing.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

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